What Happened in June 1940

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Coffee & tea rationed in Holland

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Jun 1 Major General Bernard Montgomery returns to London

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Jun 1 Nazi occupiers kick Jews out of Dutch air guard
  • Jun 2 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • Jun 3 Last British & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • Jun 4 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • Jun 4 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • Jun 4 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France

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Jun 4 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jun 5 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Jun 5 American Negro Theater organizes
  • Jun 5 Battle of France begins in WW II
  • Jun 5 General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme

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Jun 5 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 5 Gov of Suriname & Neth Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • Jun 5 Netherlands rations petroleum
  • Jun 7 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • Jun 8 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 8 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
  • Jun 8 Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
  • Jun 9 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH
  • Jun 9 General Charles de Gaulle's 1st meeting with Winston Churchill
  • Jun 9 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
  • Jun 10 French government moves to Bordeaux
  • Jun 10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • Jun 10 German 5th Armoured division occupies Rouen
  • Jun 10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • Jun 10 Norway surrenders to Nazis
  • Jun 10 Canada declares war on Italy.
  • Jun 11 Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
  • Jun 11 British Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
  • Jun 11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • Jun 11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
  • Jun 13 Paris evacuates before German advance
  • Jun 14 German forces enter Paris during WWII
  • Jun 14 Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)
  • Jun 14 German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral
  • Jun 15 38 Italian Fiat bombers bomb Luc-en-Province
  • Jun 15 Bread & flour rationed in Holland
  • Jun 15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • Jun 15 Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
  • Jun 16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • Jun 16 General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
  • Jun 17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • Jun 17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • Jun 17 Germany occupiers ration bread in Holland
  • Jun 17 USSR occupies Estonia
  • Jun 17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • Jun 18 Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers
  • Jun 18 German occupiers slaughter cattle, pigs & chickens
  • Jun 18 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons
  • Jun 19 "Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago

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Jun 19 German 7th Armoured division under command of Rommel occupies Cherbourg

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

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Jun 19 Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 21 German occupiers disband Dutch States-General/Council of State
  • Jun 21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Jun 22 France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms
  • Jun 22 SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands
  • Jun 22 About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII
  • Jun 23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
  • Jun 23 RAF bombs Schiphol, Netherlands
  • Jun 24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II

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Jun 25 Adolf Hitler views Eiffel tower & grave of Napoleon in Paris, France

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jun 26 End of USSR experimental calendar; Gregorian readopted 6/27
  • Jun 27 Soviet Army attacks Romania
  • Jun 27 USSR returns to Gregorian calendar
  • Jun 28 "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
  • Jun 28 Romania cedes Bessarabia to Soviet Union
  • Jun 29 Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
  • Jun 29 US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
  • Jun 29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • Jun 30 "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears
  • Jun 30 58 U-boats (284,000 ton) sunk this month
  • Jun 30 US Fish & Wildlife Service forms
  • Jun 30 German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Rene Auberjonois, actor (Clayton-Benson, Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • Jun 1 Kip Thorne, American physicist
  • Jun 2 Christopher Bernau, actor (Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 2 Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (1964-73)
  • Jun 2 Horace Clarke, baseball 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 2 Jim Maloney, baseball pitcher
  • Jun 3 Richard Edwards, cricketer (WI pace bowler 1968-69 Aust/NZ tour)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Rudd Moore, composer
  • Jun 4 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • Jun 4 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • Jun 5 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • Jun 5 Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)
  • Jun 6 Laudir De Olivera, rocker (Chicago)
  • Jun 6 Phillip Rhodes, composer
  • Jun 6 Sandra Morgan, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Jun 6 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player

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Jun 7 Tom Jones [Thomas John Woodward], Welsh singer (What's New Pussycat), born in Pontypridd, Wales

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Jun 8 Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 8 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • Jun 9 Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • Jun 10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • Jun 11 Joey Dee, singer (Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 13 Bobby Freeman, SF, rocker (Do You Want to Dance)
  • Jun 14 Ben Davidson, actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Jun 14 Bill Baker, (Rep-R-California)
  • Jun 14 Jack Bannon, actor (Art-Lou Grant, Trauma Center), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 14 John Mizelle, composer
  • Jun 15 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer
  • Jun 16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, singer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 16 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Jun 16 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • Jun 17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jun 17 Tony Marlow, MP (Conservative)

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Jun 17 George Akerlof, American economist (The Market for Lemons) and 2001 Nobel laureate, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Economist George Akerlof
George Akerlof
  • Jun 18 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • Jun 18 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jun 18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • Jun 19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ)
  • Jun 20 John Mahoney, actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 20 Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • Jun 21 Mariette Hartley, actress (Poloroid spokesperson, Marooned), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 21 Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher
  • Jun 22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author/director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • Jun 22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • Jun 23 Alexander Irvine, Lord Chanceller of UK (1997- )
  • Jun 23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • Jun 23 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • Jun 23 Simon Hobday, Mareking South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open)
  • Jun 23 Stuart Sutcliffe, rocker (Beatles), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 23 Wilma Rudolph, St Bethlehem Tenn, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1960)
  • Jun 23 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (d. 2003)
  • Jun 24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • Jun 25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • Jun 25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 26 Billy Davis Jr, singer (5th Dimension-One Less Bell), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 26 Robert Kramer, actor (A.K.)
  • Jun 28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jun 28 Roderick Wright, ex-Scottish bishop (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Louise S Groenman, Dutch MP (D66)
  • Jun 29 Viacheslav Artyomov, composer
  • Jun 30 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 6 E E Clive, actor (Bulldog Drummond, Night Muss Fall), dies at 56
  • Jun 7 James Hall, writer/actor (Millie, Hell's Angels), dies at 39
  • Jun 8 Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 16 DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • Jun 16 Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • Jun 19 Maurice Jaubert, composer, dies at 40
  • Jun 20 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • Jun 21 Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 21 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Jun 21 W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • Jun 22 M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • Jun 22 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • Jun 22 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 28 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • Jun 29 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60